Our most challenging vocation may be for us to simply be ourselves. I’m not talking about merely finding your talent and sharing it with the world. Discovering our gifts and talents is admirable and even vital. How can we use our gifts to reflect God’s glory?
Isaiah extends a call to God’s people in exile. The prophet writes, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you”(Isaiah 60:1). I am convinced that this vocation extends to us as well: Wake up. Get up. And shine!
This call connects us to the baptismal waters where we initially received our vocation. Perhaps this is why after baptism, we are given a candle with these words, “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” So, whether we are pastor or parishioner, mother or mogul, single or spouse, wealthy or wanting, God is calling us to a bold vocation: Wake up. Get up. And shine!
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Bold vocation” written by Angela T. Khabeb that first appeared in the May 2014 issue of Cafe magazine. Please pray for those attending the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis this week. Khabeb is preaching in the Sunday worship service. All are welcome.